Chelsea ended their dire run with a 1-0 home Premier League win over Bolton Wanderers but Arsenal, seeking to go joint-top with a win, conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at 10-man Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
Chelsea, who had managed just six points from the last 24, finally rediscovered the way to win via a Florent Malouda goal after 61 minutes though Bolton, who would have leapfrogged the champions with a victory, had several good chances to equalise.
Arsenal fell behind to an early Ben Watson penalty but goals by Andre Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner late in the first half seemed to have them in charge, particularly when Charles N'Zogbia was sent off for butting Jack Wilshere in the 78th minute. However, a Sebastien Squillaci own goal two minutes later levelled the score.
The draw took Arsenal to 36 points, two behind Manchester City and Manchester United, who lead on goal difference. Chelsea move back to fourth place on 34, one ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, with Bolton sixth on 29.